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Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011



Here are the top quality challenges healthcare providers will face in 2011—many, such as imaging  exposure effects, central line infections, and medical data breaches dominated headlines in 2010.



3 comments on "Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011"
Anne Jarrett MS, RPh (2/7/2012 at 4:55 PM)

I would like to add a comment on the subject of dialysis and the expense related to it. I am a pharmacist who established a pharmacy at a transplant center to help patients obtain their medications, and I have a unique perspective. The meds transplant patients take are very expensive, even after Medicare pays 80%. After transplant,Medicare covers these patients for 3 years only. I saw patients who could not afford their meds, did not take them, and often had to be readmitted numerous times to receive I.V. drugs. Drug manufacturers have ever changing pt. assist. programs,rendering a sig. amt. of pts. ineligible. Result:Patients were re-transplanted only to start the cycle again. All of which was paid for by Medicare,including being,back on dialysis while waiting for another kidney. What's wrong with this picture?
Helen Erickson (1/7/2011 at 9:34 PM)

This approach has been around for many years, has been demonstrated to be effective, but requires a mind set about the worth of the person's self-care knowledge. The attached video provides information about the use of this approach at The Univer of TX Health Science Center, San Antonio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhYeeVghhQU
Bogey (1/4/2011 at 9:00 AM)

Interesting that none of the concerns from the provider perspective is about lowering the cost of care, the single largest driver of high insurance prices and medicine today. And one wonders when providers will "get it," that it is the rising cost of care and the lack of MARKET forces (not government regulation) to drive down cost that propels us toward the iceberg, as providers rearrange the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.